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MUSIC REVIEWS
The Indie Music Review Board brings you daily reviews of new and classic independent (indie) music albums, singles, mixtapes, music videos and compilations, similar artist suggestions, free streaming, and music download links for the ultimate music discovery experience.






Music Review: All For Her by Christina Custode | Adult Contemporary Song | Stream free | Soundcloud | Apple Music


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ADULT CONTEMPORARY REVIEWS

30-10-2019 19:16 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Adult Contemporary artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Adult Contemporary performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Christina Custode on Soundcloud | Apple Music


Christina Custode
"All For Her"
Adult Contemporary


Elegance meets its match.

"All for Her" is oldie but a goodie that has stood and continues to stand the test of time. It was released back in the summer of 2016. It's a song about being in love with someone who's in love with someone else. It's about real love, the way many of us don't remember it, or haven't experienced it at all.

New York's Christina Custode is known for her delicate, elegant, easy on the ear sounds and grand piano performances so soft, gentle and infectious they'll put you to sleep and bring your dreams alive. If you haven't already discovered the amazing sounds of the beautiful, young Niagara Falls songstress who is often referred to as New York's sweetest songbird then this isn't the best place to start, but you are here already so let's go for it. This record is so exquisite and sophisticated it'll make you wonder what you've been listening to over the past decade and why nothing else has done what it's doing to you. It's a relatively quiet track but somehow you listen to it and hear nothing else, a very special characteristic only few songs possess, especially in today's overly busy world where musicians are forced to sing and play louder and louder just to be heard over everything else that's going on in the world around. But this song doesn't try too hard to be heard, in fact it doesn't try at all - it knows it's unique, it knows it's important, and it knows you'll listen. It's like those sweet, elegant, soft-spoken white ladies with pink cheeks, gloves and big hats you'll only find at tea parties in England if you visit the Queen's palace on a mild summer day, but fiesty and unrelenting inside.

Music Review: My Way by Tamara Bubble | Hip Hop Song | Stream free | Apple Music | Soundcloud


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

30-10-2019 18:22 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Tamara Bubble on Apple Music | Soundcloud


Tamara Bubble
"My Way"
Hip Hop

  Crank this up to the max

As featured on HBO's new television show, "A Black Lady Sketch Show".

Tamara's got songs! This one's got a really juicy gangsta beat that'll make you feel like you are riding in an old school Impala with a fat sack and a pistol in your laps, and lyrically, it WILL murder you - but somehow, and it takes skill to do this - it's not explicit. WTF?

Released back in the summer, "My Way" is another very unique, exciting and masterfully orchestrated hip hop record that stands out from the crowd. It will make you re-evaluate everything you've come to conclude about the genre over the past decade and make you take back everything bad you say about female rappers when they've put their knockers away and their knicker back on. It's one of those songs that'll get you on your feet with your hands in the air and hair swinging all around, thinking to yourself, "I can't believe this is rap music".

Tamara Bubble's lyrical prowess makes it possible for her to do a whole rap record without having to say or reiterate anything any other rapper, or singer in fact has said in the last decade or ever before - a very serious problem with many rap records today. But not only that, she can do it without excessive cursing, if any at all - now that's talent. No, you won't hear most of the stuff today's female rappers seem to be preoccupied with - how many cocks they can suck, how big their butts are, who can twerk better, or whatever Cardi B, Nicki, Iggy and T.I are yapping about on their songs nowadays. It's got a completely different vibe that's so good and so gangsta it'll be ringing in your head all day right from the very first time you hear it.

Explicit.

Music Review: Fell In Love With Love by Sam&Nate | Pop Song | Stream free | Bandcamp


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POP REVIEWS

30-10-2019 14:15 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie duo, Sam&Nate on Bandcamp


Sam&Nate
"Fell In Love With Love"
Pop


Remember your first crush?

Sam&Nate made their debut around about the time when pop music started loosing it's identity - wearing it's hat backwards, smoking weed and getting tattered up all over. Around about the same time when white girls with black butts started emerging from nowhere. Their music was such a breath of fresh air they became one of the most talked about local indie bands in New Mexico, USA, their hometown, at the time. They seem to have suddenly dropped off the radar this past couple of years in terms of new music releases but luckily, their songs will never go away and we can still turn to them whenever our pop music radars need fine tuning, and we need to remember what feel-good pop music feels like without first having to pop 12 mollies and drink a whole bottle of vodka before meeting up with Snoop Dogg and forgetting Everything. If there's anything these lovely brothers know how to do it's make a hit record, and this, their debut single is what let the world know. It's bright, exciting, colourful with a very organic feel, danceable, lovable and it'll make you feel like you felt the first time you had a crush (not a man/woman crush, those are gross) - a real teenage crush that made you feel all tingly and soft inside. It's fun, family-friendly and safe for work.

Music Review: Vip by Saiah | Pop Song | Stream free | Bandcamp |


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POP REVIEWS

30-10-2019 11:30 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Saiah on Bandcamp |


Saiah
"VIP"
Pop


For the rap curious

Safe for work

You hear it everywhere you go. Sometimes you love it, sometimes you hate it. Sometimes it's disgusting, absurd or even despicable but it still makes you want to dance and shake something, even if only when no one is looking. It's one of the most controversial genres in the history of music and the only genre that had to fight for its right to be played on the radio. But today's hip hop is a lot different from what it used to be. Back in the day your greatest fear as a music fan (hypothetically) would be if you could stomach 3 whole minutes of Easy E trying to fit his double barrel in your ear while Dr. Dre tries to cum in the other one, and not in a fun way. Nowadays, your greatest concern would be if you could stomach 3 whole minutes of Iggy Azalea trying to fit both cheeks in one ear while T.I gives you a wet willie in the other. Am I listening to the wrong radio stations and reading the wrong music blogs, or does that sound fair? But hip hop doesn't have to be all big butts, humongous egos, cocaine, weed and big guns, sometimes it can be family-friendly and fun too. Check out this track here for example by Brooklyn, New York rapper and one of the East Coast's most closely watched emerging actors, Saiah. It's a lively, friendly rap song with an organic feel-good vibe that'll make you dance without having to look over your shoulder or worry about getting a shit streak on your work shirt.

Music Review: Jam by Christie Huff | Country Pop Song | Stream free | Soundcloud |


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COUNTRY POP REVIEWS

21-10-2019 20:13 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (October 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Country Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Country Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by Christie Huff on Soundcloud

Christie Huff
"Jam"
Country Pop


Been to the moon lately? Here's what you've missed.

This track is so good, a completely blank review would have sufficed. Sometimes compliments are best left unsaid especially when something is effortlessly good, knows it's amazing and doesn't need an ego boost. This is one of those records you just put your feet up and put everything else down for. It's got that feel you only get when you listen to tracks like Bob Marley's "Jammin", but without the reggae and reafer. Released on the 25th of September, it's the latest offensive in Los Angeles singer songwriter, Christie Huff's quest for country pop domination. If she keeps this up, she'll have Taylor Swift running for cover by Christmas.

Music Review: Dollhouse by Saachi Sen | Singer Songwriter Song | Stream free | Spotify | Soundcloud


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SINGER SONGWRITER REVIEWS

21-10-2019 19:46 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Singer Songwriter artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Singer Songwriter performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by Saachi Sen on Spotify | Soundcloud

Saachi Sen
"Dollhouse"
Singer Songwriter


A consolation prize that's better than winning

If you've ever had one of those days when you feel like the world is constantly shitting on you, and only you specifically, and it's almost starting to feel like a conspiracy to keep you down, or you've ever had a bad day so bad you feel like you could never possibly get out of the house ever again, this is one of those songs that will make wallowing in your sorrows and feeling sorry for yourself ever so rewarding. But let's not spoil it with too much talk. Now kindly tell the world - "your lips, my butt, they should meet", draw your curtains, poor yourself a hot cup of tea or coffee, and get cosy with this classic release by London, UK singer songwriter, Saachi, who has made a name for herself as one of the sweetest songbirds with a guitar out there today. If you've never had your sorrows melted away, then prepare to feel at least 10 pounds lighter for no apparent reason (except the possibility that you had something bottled up that is now gone).

Music Review: Blessed by Ez The Lyrical Skitzo | Hip Hop Song | Stream free | Spotify | Apple Music


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

21-10-2019 18:52 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by Ezus Christ on Spotify

Ez The Lyrical Skitzo
"Blessed"
Hip Hop


Ezus Christ returns

Hailed as one of the most versatile artists on Pennsylvania's emerging hip hop scene, underground US rapper, Ez The Lyrical Skitzo, better known as Ezus Christ - probably for being so amazing in his ways, is back with another underground hit single that is following suit with every single record he has released since he made his debut and causing pandemonium locally and regionally. He is known to dish out more than a handful of different flows on each verse and leave listeners gasping for breaths as he careers through an often already complex, intoxicating beat like a runaway train. This track is a little different, it's slower so much easier to digest, but consequently it'll have you holding your head owing to its simplicity as well as its complexity - the complexity being trying to figure out how something simple could be so good.

Explicit.

Music Review: Divide by Jackie's Boy | R&B Song | Stream free | YouTube |


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DANCE REVIEWS

21-10-2019 18:04 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Dance artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Dance performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by Jackie's Boy on YouTube

Jackie's Boy
"Divide"
Dance


Let's go somewhere quiet. 

An exquisite blend of R&B and dance music that will remind you why you fell in love with both genres and take your relationships to the next level. Released on the 30th of August, "Divide" is the latest in the series of independent hit singles by Savannah, Georgia songwriter turned recording artist, Jackie's Boy, who already has an impressive track record of international chart-topping hits with world renowned artists, and accolades including several Grammy nominations. The new record features Shawn Stockman of the legendary R&B group, Boys II Men who are still hailed as one of the greatest R&B groups of all time. It was produced by French producer, Alawn who also has an impressive track record of hit singles with world renowned acts like Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida and Gucci Mane under his belt. In case it hasn't occurred to you yet, you are about to listen to an indie masterpiece that will reward you in ways you've never been rewarded by a track before. So what are you waiting for? Hit the play button and let this low-key, sexy, groovy, slow burning club record take you away.

Music Review: #She by Crystal Starr | R&B Album | Stream free | Spotify | Apple Music


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R&B REVIEWS
17-10-2019 14:10 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (October 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming R&B artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie R&B performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by Crystal Starr on Apple Music | Spotify


Crystal Starr
"#SHE"
R&B


Wow!

Spectacular


Pretty sure I peed a little bit

Everyone knows it's hard to please a weed smoker - at least not without a bag of weed, not to talk of one who never comes down from a high. So if world renowned, multi-platinum selling California rap star, Snoop Dogg's endorsement of independent Los Angeles R&B artist, Crystal Starr's latest album wasn't enough, well then here it is so you can listen for yourself and be the judge. Originally released back in 2017 with very limited distribution, this critically acclaimed 12 track masterpiece was re-released in the UK and then the rest of Europe shortly after back in the summer and it continues to receive rave reviews and leave DJs spoiled for choice. If you are one of those picky music lovers who likes their sounds a certain way or who likes only specific types of grooves, or will only listen to artists with a certain demeanor, this album will send all that out of the window the minute you hit the play button. It's not one of those eager to please albums that will bombard you with everything it thinks you've never heard before in one song and leave you sweaty eared with a pair of mildly disgruntled ear drums after the first track alone. It is one of those albums that gently invites you in, gets you comfortable and then serenades you. It's elegant, it's retro chic, it's colorful and it will take you to a special place where nothing else in the world matters but the music coming out of your speakers. Featuring a handful of her past independent hit singles, "Bang Bang" , "Barracuda" and "Payback", the album also includes a host of sensational new tracks like "Heart Attack" which was released a few months back, as well as the critically acclaimed title single, "#SHE". Are there any highlights? Well yes and no. For there to be highlights there would need to be highs and lows, or mids at least, but this album starts on a high and ends on a high - just like Snoop Dogg. Maybe that's why he loved it so much he felt the need to do a video about it on Instagram (check out the video below). But enough talk, all this talk about Snoop Dogg is giving me the munchies. Just hit the play button already. And oh, put on your dancing shoes - no socks please.


Snoop Dogg after listening to this:


Music Review: Fear by Wylder | Folk Song | Stream free | YouTube | Spotify


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FOLK REVIEWS

16-10-2019 18:59 GMT


Indie Music Reviews (October 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Folk artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Folk performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by Wylder on Spotify | YouTube


Wylder
"Fear"
Folk


Simple is good

Featured on Washington, US critically acclaimed indie folk quartet, Wylder's summer 2019 album, "Golden Age Thinking", this song has proven to be a crowd-pleaser among many others on the sensational 11 track record, which is still causing pandemonium on the band's local music scene and spreading like wild fire across the US as they make their play to become the next big act out of the region. If you've never heard the band play before then this will be a really excruciatingly satisfying ear opening experience for you, so do just hit the play button all willy-nilly, really take your time and be sure you are comfortable and ready for it first. If you are already familiar with the band then like many fans you would long have come to the conclusion that their sound couldn't possibly get any more enjoyable - and you are about to be proved wrong.